Thursday, October 31, 2013
Easing the transition from the battlefront to the home front for deserving heroes was the focus of an exhibition softball contest at Cane Bay High School’s Cobra Park on Oct. 19,
The event, hosted by Pulte Group home builders and the Del Webb Mens Softball Club, was a fundraiser for Operation Finally Home, an award-winning program created by the Bay Area Builders Association in support of U.S. troops.
The Pulte Group, along with local contractors, vendors, and housing partners, has teamed with Operation Finally Home to provide custom made, mortgage-free homes to the families of wounded or disabled veterans.
Festivities began around 12:30 p.m. as the starting lineups were introduced along the lines at first and third base.
A four-man Color Guard, provided by the Del Webb Veterans Club was on hand for the presentation of colors. Del Webb resident, Dennis Morrill, “the singing Marine,” performed the National Anthem.
USAF Staff Sergeant (retired) Robert Wright, his wife Bethany, and their four children – daughters Elizabeth, Abigail and Julianne, and their son Mikey – were all on hand for the ceremonies. The Wright family learned in September that they would be the recipient of a new home built by Pulte in the McKewn subdivision in Ladson. The home will be ready for occupancy in December, and community-sponsored fundraisers provide additional support to aid the family with the move to their new home.
After the introductions and anthem, Pastor Charlie Swain from the Church at Cane Bay offered a benediction, and young Mikey Wright threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The main event was, in fact, a doubleheader, featuring two five inning games between the home team Del Webb “Codgers”, a collection of one-time athletes, most of whom are long past their primes, and a roster of young bucks from the PulteGroup’s regional offices.
More than 100 Del Webb residents and Pulte employees filled the stands and raised close to $2,400 in ticket sales and private donations for the Wright family.
The organizers thanked the administration of Cane Bay High School for the generous use of their field and facilities, including Principal Dr. Lee Westbury, the Athletic Director Tim McDowell and hist staff, and the Booster Club for its support.
Pulte’s vice president of Construction Charlie Tipton spoke between games of the doubleheader to thank the Cane Bay community for its support and participation.